Last Friday this book was in my mail box and I immediately fell in love with a knitted, felted and crocheted bag.
I guess, I really am thrilled by bags at present. I got out my needles and some feltable yarn on Saturday and knitted the bag during most of the afternoon. Of course, I did not check gauge, but adjusted the pattern while going, therefore, my bag has turned out quite different from the original bag.
I felted it on Sunday morning and crocheted the flowers Sunday night. Sewing them to the bag is the least favourite thing of the process, because I find it really hard to get the needle through felted fabric, but it was very well worth it.
How do you like the handles? Aren’t they very “early 80s”? Do you think one could call this a “vintage bag”?
Anyway, I love it.
Have you seen that quilt
Letzten Freitag lag dieses Buch im Briefkasten und mir gefiel sofort die gefilzte Tasche mit gehäkelten Blumen. So gut, dass ich am Samstag die Nadeln und filzbare Wolle hervorholte und die Tasche im Laufe des Nachmittags strickte. Ich habe vorher keine Maschenprobe gemacht, sondern beim Stricken verschiedene Änderungen vorgenommen. Kein Wunder, dass meine Tasche eine ganz andere Form am Ende hatte, als das „Original“.
Sonntagmorgen habe ich die Tasche gefilzt und nachmittags die Blumen dazu gehäkelt. Dann kam der unangenehme Teil, die Blumen auf die Tasche nähen. Ich finde es ziemlich mühsam durch den Filz zu stechen, aber es hat sich gelohnt.
Wie gefallen euch die Griffe? Mich erinnern sie sehr an die frühen 80er, hat schon fast was nostalgisches. Ich liebe meine neue Tasche.
1. What is/are your favorite yarn/s to knit with? What fibers do you absolutely *not* like?
My favourite yarn is 100 % merino. But I love cotton as well. I like alpaca and 100 % New Wool. I love natural fibres.
I do not like a 100 % acrylic yarn or other 100 % man made fibre. I do not mind a blend of 50% natural fibre and 50 % acrylics.
2. What do you use to store your needles/hooks in?
I use zip lock bags which I put into a box. But I dream of a small knitting needle case for circulars and dpns, which I could use while traveling.
3. How long have you been knitting & how did you learn?
I learnt first at school at the age of 10 and did not like it. My mother had to knit at least half of the scarf we had to knit for class. But I was very much intrigued by knitting, crocheting and embroidery as our neighbours did it all the time.
I picked up the knitting needles 5 years later and have never put them down again for a longer period of time.
Would you consider your skill level to be beginner, intermediate or advanced?
I would consider myself an advanced knitter, except for lace knitting.
4. Do you have an Amazon or other online wish list?
Yes, I love lists and you can find them here:
You have to go to the search wish list slot and enter: Sabine Riefler
5. What's your favorite scent? (for candles, bath products, etc.)
I am very sensitive when it comes to scent, most perfumed products are too intense. I prefer natural products (Weleda, Hauschka etc.). Then my favourites are “Elfentraumöl”, “Rose” and “Citron”.
6. Do you have a sweet tooth? Favorite candy?
I love dark chocolate (60 % +). I love Rocky Road bar (the marshmallow-chocolate bar if it still exists), I love Italian cookies and French nougat.
7. What other crafts or Do-It-Yourself things do you like to do? Do you spin?
No, I do not spin. I did sew when I still lived at home, but for the past couple of years all I did sew was steeks. I am really a passionate knitter. I also appreciate a good novel.
8. What kind of music do you like?
I like Jazz, classical music and pop music (some).
Some of my favourites are Ella Fitzgerald, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Cassandra Wilson, Nina Simone, Diana Krall, Annett Louisan, Madeleine Peyroux, Lokua Kanza.
And I love audio books.
Can your computer/stereo play MP3s? (if your buddy wants to make you a CD)
Yes, it can play MP3.
9. What's your favorite color(s)? Any colors you just can't stand?
I love red. And green, blue and dark chocolate brown and pumpkin orange. I cannot stand yellow in clothing. (Otherwise it is a lovely color).
10. What is your family situation? Do you have any pets?
I am married and have two kids, my daughter is 8 years old and my son is 6 years old. We do not have any pets as some members of this family are allergic.
11. Do you wear scarves, hats, mittens or ponchos?
Scarves and mittens yes. Never tried a poncho yet. No hats.
12. What is/are your favorite item/s to knit?
My favourites are Fair Isles, cardigans and socks.
13. What are you knitting right now?
Ohmygod, that is a long list. I am not a one project knitter, never was, probably never will be.
I currently have actively on the needles: The Dinosaur sweater by Lucinda Guy, Icarus from Knits (twice: one for myself, however, I have to fix a mistake: the second one for a friend), socks, a striped cardigan from Knits for myself and a scarf for myself.
I’ll draw up a UFO list and post it later this month.
14. Do you like to receive handmade gifts?
Yeah, I do
15. Do you prefer straight or circular needles? Bamboo, aluminum, plastic?
I abhorr straight needles. I love circulars and dpns and knit everything with them. I prefer bamboo, rosewood and ebony.
If need be and I lack the size in bamboo or wood, I’ll use aluminum, but I do not like it, especially not in winter.
I have never tried plastic as I have no plastic needles, but I like their colors.
16. Do you own a yarn winder and/or swift?
I own a yarn winder. No swift (yet).
17. How old is your oldest UFO?
Precisely 10 years. It is Kells, a Starmore sweater I started to knit in London in 1996 and never finished (so far?). I have only to do the sleeves and the last 30 rows or so of the back. However, at the time, I knitted everything from cotton as that was cheaper and I used many scraps for the sweater. Now, I don’t like the colors that much any more, but above all, I do not like the boxy form anymore. It might also be too tight as I have gained quite some pounds these past ten years.
18. What is your favorite holiday?
Christmas, I guess.
As for holidays as in vacation:
I love to go to France, but since we moved to the North of Germany, I very rarely have the opportunity to go there. I haven’t been on a real holiday to France for 7 years...
I also enjoyed Iceland and would like to go back again – as I would like to visit the USA again and explore all the wonderful yarn stores, and meet old and new friends (again) and my husband’s relatives.
19. Is there anything that you collect?
I used to collect tea tins, postcards and other stuff, but today you could probably say I collect yarn and knitting books..
20. Any books, yarns, needles or patterns out there you are dying to get your hands on?
At present, I am dying to get my hands onto a sewing pattern: Ever since I saw it at www.poshyarns.co.uk. The Amy Butler weekender bag!
For a long time, I have been dying to get my hands onto the Barbara Walker Treasuries, but they are not available here and the postage Schoolhouse press asks for delivery to Germany gives me the shivers.
I would love to have more ebony and rosewood needles, but they are pure luxury which I do not allow myself often.
Yarns: I would love to see and fondle SweetGeorgia’s sock yarn as well as Socks that Rock. (And, of course, all those extraordinary luxury fibres, such as quiviut, but I am a reasonable girl).
What knitting magazine subscriptions do you have?
21. Are there any new techniques you'd like to learn?
Lace Knitting and quilting.
22. Are you a sock knitter? What are your foot measurements?
Yes. It took me very long to become a sock knitter. The first pair I did ended up as a Christmas stocking! But then, I found a very good pattern in Verena, a German knitting magazine. A couple of years ago, I knitted a pair of socks every month for an entire year experimenting with different techniques. As my bind-off is very dense, I prefer the cuff-down method. I knit my socks with a rather short leg, approx. 15 – 18 cm. Today, I cannot be without a pair of socks on the needle for a long time.
Bye the way, I wear my knitted socks in my shoes all through autumn, winter and most of spring.
My shoe size is German size 38 (US 7 – 7.5).
23. When is your birthday? (mm/dd)